Governor General, Michaëlle Jean, is the Queen’s representative here in Canada. She represents the Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II. As part of her largely ceremonial functions, the Governor General is responsible for attending events here at home as well as representing Canada abroad, and receiving ambassadors from other countries. She also signs bills into law on behalf of the Queen. That’s all part and parcel of a constitutional democracy of which Canada is a part. Another function she fulfills is to award medals and other honours, like the Order of Canada, to worthy Canadians.
As representative of the Queen, the Governor General’s first and foremost duty is to sustain the unity of the Canadian nation. That is why her functions are essentially ceremonial in nature. She is supposed to highlight what Canadians have in common and what unites us. Her role is to be a figurehead of unity for Canada and to avoid – at all costs – being a symbol of disunity and controversy (which would normally be reserved for the politicians who represent various constituencies across the country). Unlike political parties, the Governor General’s role is to rise above the political differences its citizens hold to present a unified voice and face to the world on what Canada is about.
A former Governor General, Lord Dufferin, once said that his role was to be a “representative of all that is august, stable, and sedate in the country; incapable of partisanship, and lifted far above the atmosphere of fraction...”
And yet despite this clearly defined roll, Michaëlle Jean, our 27th Governor General, has arrogantly decided to change the roll she inherited from her predecessors from being a sign of unity and stability to one of disunity and controversy. Like so many other things that have been redefined in our nation over the past 40 years, Madam Jean wishes now to be known as a partisan representative of a particular constituency in Canada.
With her approval and support, Michaëlle Jean has elevated Henry Morgentaller, the notorious mass murderer, to the Order of Canada. One can hardly imagine a more partisan or disunifying act that anyone – much less a Governor General – could perform. With the stroke of her pen, Madam Jean has not only debased the Order of Canada, she has sullied the office of the Governor General as well. Not only has she betrayed her vocation in creating friction in Canada, she did so in the most egregious and objectionable way by unconscionably honouring a notorious abortionist who has butchered tens of thousands of defenseless Canadian babies.
There are few Governor Generals that stand out. They don’t stand out because they’re not supposed to. That’s not their job. If they do stand out, there’s something wrong. Very few people know anything about what Governor Generals have done in the past, but no one will forget what this one has done in awarding the Arch Abortionist of Canada the highest civilian award. It will leave a black mark against her name and the office she represents for a very long time to come. Like the prime minister who appointed her to the post, she will be known for pandering to the sexual interest groups before being unceremoniously dumped. Paul Martin will never be known for anything except being the Prime Minister lackey of the same-sex “marriage” lobby. Likewise, Michaëlle Jean will never be known for anything other than sullying her office and the Order of Canada by assuming the dubious title, “Abortion Queen”.